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10 Things You Need to Do Before the iOS 8.4.1 Release Date

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 15:43

10 Things You Need to Do Before the iOS 8.4.1 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple hasn’t announced an iOS 8.4.1 release date and we expect the software to be released without warning after a stint in the company’s beta program. The iOS 8.4.1 release date for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch could come at any time and you’ll want to be sure that you’ve done most if not all of these things before it arrives.

On June 30th, Apple released its iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update was, and still is, a large update for iOS 8 devices because it includes more than just bug fixes. iOS 8.4 comes with some big changes to iBooks and it also delivers Apple’s brand new music platform inside the new Music app.

iOS 8.4 is probably going to be Apple’s last major iOS 8 update but it won’t be the company’s last iOS 8 update. That honor will likely go to the iOS 8.4.1 update that Apple confirmed without a release date earlier this month.

Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 update is confirmed though an iOS 8.4.1 release date remains out of reach at this time. Anything could happen but we don’t expect Apple to announce any details before it takes the update out of beta and releases it to the general public. We expect to be kept in the dark.

This means that there won’t be a bad time to start doing prep work for the iOS 8.4.1. iOS 8.4.1 is going to be a small update but as we’ve told you many times, small updates can have a big impact on the performance of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Sometimes that impact is positive, other times its negative. You can’t tell ahead of a release.

With that in mind and an iOS 8.4.1 update on the way, we want to outline some steps to take ahead of update’s inevitable release. These will help to ensure a smooth transition to iOS 8.4.1 from whatever you’re on be it iOS 7, iOS 8.3 or Apple’s current iOS 8.4 update.

Get Familiar with iOS 8.4

The first thing you’re going to want to do, if you haven’t installed it already, is get familiar with the iOS 8.4 update. If you’re lingering on iOS 8.3 or below, you’re going to get all of the changes that came with iOS 8.4 if and when you install the iOS 8.4.1 update.

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The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.

With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.

Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.

This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.

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We’ve put together a slideshow that outlines all of the key changes in the iOS 8.4 update. We’ve also taken a deep dive into the update’s performance in the weeks after its release. If you haven’t dug into the iOS 8.4 update yet now, ahead of the iOS 8.4.1 release, would be a great time to do that.

Look Into the iOS 8.4 Jailbreak

We’re still not sure if you’ll be able to jailbreak the iOS 8.4.1 update so you’ll want to look into the iOS 8.4 jailbreak right now. There’s a good chance that it will be the last version of iOS 8 that’s compatible with the current jailbreak tools.

We’ve put together a ton of resources that should help you including our impressions of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak on the iPhone 6 and iPad mini 2. Make sure you take a look at all of those before the iOS 8.4.1 update arrives.

Do Some Summer Cleaning

Use this time to do some summer cleaning on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Over the past few months, you probably downloaded apps or other files that you don’t use anymore. We always like to use a new iOS update as an excuse to clean up some of the clutter on our devices. It helps to keep your device organized and it will help to free up some space that could prove valuable if you’re moving to iOS 8 or iOS 8.4 for the first time.

If you don’t want to delete anything, use the time to make a mental checklist of the items that you’ll want or need to delete ahead of the iOS 9 update in the fall.

Apple’s new iOS 9 operating system will require over 1GB of free space to install which could be problematic for some 16GB iPhone and iPad users.

Make a Backup

iOS 8.4.1 is going to be a smaller update but again, there’s always a chance it could wreck havoc on your device. We’ve heard all sorts of horror stories over the years. Files going missing, performance taking a nosedive, things of that nature. We don’t anticipate any major iOS 8.4.1 problems but you’ll want to be safe rather than sorry. Again, here’s no way to predict if your device will encounter problems.

Before the iOS 8.4.1 release date arrives, you’ll want to dig into the backup process if you’re not familiar with it right now. Once you figure out what you’re doing, you’ll want to make a backup. This will ensure that your files are backed up properly before the iOS 8.4.1 update goes live.

To make a backup ahead of the iOS 8.4.1 release, you’ll want to first open up iTunes. Make sure you have the latest version of it. The backup process will begin after you plug your device into a computer. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can force a backup to happen.

To force a backup, go into iTunes, right click on your device, and select Back Up. It’s going to take some time for the process to complete, especially if you have a lot of files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you’re using cloud storage to store your files, you’ll want to make sure everything is in order before you make your move to iOS 8.4.1. Look into iCloud, look into Dropbox, look into whatever needs looking into.

Gather Your Login Info

If you’re going to be installing iOS 8 for the first time with iOS 8.4.1, you’re going to need your Apple ID handy. Some of you might not have that readily available so you’ll want to track that information down right now so you’re ready for the update’s release.

If you’re coming from another version of iOS 8, you might have to enter your passcode. If you’re installing on your own device, you probably have that information. But if you’re installing for someone else, a co-worker or family member, you might not.

Charge Your Device

You’ll need at least 50% charge if you want to install the iOS 8.4.1 update without a wired connection. If you’re in the car or out at a game, you’re probably not going to have access to a power source so you’ll want to make sure that your device is charged and ready to go. If you don’t have 50% or a power source, you’re going to have to wait.

We expect the iOS 8.4.1 update to arrive in and around 9AM-10AM PST so make sure that you have a charged device or a cord handy around that time.

Update Your Applications

While you have some time, it would be wise to update your applications with the latest bug fix updates. App issues can occur after iOS releases and we expect to hear and see complaints after the iOS 8.4.1 release.

The only thing you can really do is read reviews and update your apps if reviews of the latest version are good. We always see complaints about apps after iOS releases and typically it’s from people that, for whatever reason, haven’t updated their applications in awhile.

We keep our apps updated with the latest fixes and enhancements and we typically come out of Apple’s iOS release dates without any scratches. Look into your apps right now.

Speak with IT

If you use your iPhone or iPad for work, you’re going to want to speak to your IT department (if you have one) before the iOS 8.4.1 release date.

There’s a chance that the guys and gals in IT are using the iOS 8.4.1 beta to test key software features and they might be able to provide you with some insight and tell you if the iOS 8.4.1 is safe to install.

If you don’t have an IT department, see if you have a co-worker using the iOS 8.4.1 beta. They should be able to help ahead of the release.

Look Into Fixes for Common Problems

Now is a great time to look into fixes for common iOS problems. The iOS 8.4.1 update is small but there’s a very good chance it will come with its own set of problems. We expect most of them to be common iOS issues that pop up after every single Apple update.

Dig into our list of fixes and fixes from other sources and commit them to memory. That way, you’ll be prepared if you happen to stumble into problems after the iOS 8.4.1 release.

Research the Downgrade Process

You might not know this but you should be able to trial the iOS 8.4.1 update. What we mean by that is, you should be able to use the iOS 8.4.1 update and drop back down to iOS 8.4 if it’s not to your liking. It’s a process that you’ll want to look into before the release just in case.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the downgrade process. Get familiar with it now that way, you won’t feel any pressure once the iOS 8.4.1 update arrives. Remember, the downgrade process is typically open for one to two weeks which means that you’ll need to make some quick decisions. Come prepared.

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Don't expect the iOS 8.4.1 beta to last very long. With an iOS 9 release looming on the horizon and the iOS 8.4.1 seemingly nothing more than a bug fixer, we'd be surprised if this beta process dragged on. 

We'd expect this to be similar to the iOS 8.1.1 beta that Apple unleashed earlier this year. That update only went through one beta release before it was released to the public.

One iOS 8.4.1 beta wouldn't shock us, neither would two. Three iOS 8.4.1 beta releases before a public roll out would be surprising though. And we'd expect no more than one beta release for the public if there is even one at all. 

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10 Things You Need to Do Before the iOS 8.4.1 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4: What We Know So Far

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 16:54

Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

As summer comes to a close most manufacturers have released their phones this year, but we still have a few important ones coming soon. Those in the market for a big-screen Android smartphone are likely weighing all of their options, like the LG G4, or waiting for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5.

In April the new LG G4 was announced and has been rather popular thanks to the genuine leather design and arguable one of the best smartphone cameras around. However, with the Galaxy Note 5 launch date strongly rumored for August 13th, here’s what you need to know about it and how it compares to LG’s latest.

Read: LG G4 Review

The LG G4 was announced in April but didn’t hit shelves until the first week of June, a little after the Galaxy S6. And while it’s been trying to compete with it, due to having a large 5.5-inch screen it’s also taking on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5. Both have a lot to offer, so read on for everything we know so far, and a few things that separates these two devices for buyers.

Over the course of the past month more and more Galaxy Note 5 rumors have started to surface, at a much quicker pace than previous years. The reason for this though, is because we’re now hearing from an array of different sources that an August 12th or 13th announcement is coming, rather than the early September release we’ve seen for years from Samsung.

With that said, we have tons of details already regarding the features, specs, screen size, options, design and more, and how it will all stack up against the competition. The LG G4 may not have the latest 8-core processor but it brings plenty to the tablet, including a lower price, that will have many buyers trying to decide between these two phablets.

The Galaxy Note 5 is stacking up to be Samsung’s best Note device yet, but some of the changes could also come with compromises. Things that buyers who choose to get an LG G4 won’t have to deal with.

Read: Galaxy Note 5 Specs: What Photo Leaks Are Revealing

We don’t’ know everything about the Galaxy Note 5 yet, but we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Not to mention the continued leaks keep painting a clear picture. We’re even hearing a global release date could take place two months earlier than anyone ever expected.

The information and comparison below is based on a slew of rumors, tons of information floating around, not to mention Samsung’s typical update cycle and by looking at current devices like the Galaxy S6. Here’s an early comparison (based on rumors) of how the Note 5 will compare to the LG G4.

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As of right now the Galaxy Note 5 release date is still a mystery, but we do however have a pretty good idea regarding the launch and release. Unlike the last four years where it was announced in early September, multiple sources are claiming August 13th is the launch date. That isn't all either, we're hearing it'll be released the same month. A first for any Samsung device.

In fact, rumor has it a new Note 5 and a bigger Galaxy S6 Edge + are both coming, but we'll have to wait and see.

If you're thinking about ditching an old LG G3 or Galaxy S5 for something better, the Note 5 or LG G4 are both great options. The Note 5 will be here soon enough, and the G4 has been available for nearly two months.

We'd strongly recommend waiting another 3 weeks for the rumored August 13th date to see what it has to offer, if that date is real. If so, we'll know exactly what's coming from the Note 5, and if it's worth waiting for, or just getting the cheaper but great G4 instead.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Lower Your AT&T Bill

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 16:15

How to Lower Your AT&T Bill is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

No matter how much your AT&T bill is, you probably feel like you pay too much for your AT&T cell phone bill. We’ll share five tips to lower your AT&T cell phone bill without leaving for a low-cost carrier or living without enough data.

The average cost of an AT&T bill is $141 a month according to a Cowen and Company report from last year, and with fees going up and rates changing each month the odds are good that your AT&T bill is too high.

You don’t need to spend a day yelling at a AT&T rep to save money on your cell phone bill. Here are the 5 things you need to do today to save money on your AT&T cell phone bill without making major changes to how you use your iPhone or Android.

Here are five ways to lower your AT&T bill.

Find the Right Plan

If you are still on the same plan that you signed up for four years ago, you need to investigate your usage and see if you should leave your unlimited data or aged plan to go to a Mobile Share Plan on AT&T. The new AT&T plans include access to a personal hotspot feature without an extra charge and shared data can save some users more money.

Not everyone should give up unlimited data or switch from an old plan to a AT&T Mobile Share plan, but if you are paying for more data, minutes or texts than you need the odds are good that you are overpaying.

If you don’t want to do the comparison by yourself online, call or stop in to an AT&T store and ask what you can do to lower your AT&T bill. You may spend an afternoon or evening making changes, but remember that even a $10 to $20 change per bill is $120 to $240 after a year.

Control Data Usage

Manage your data use to save on your AT&T bill.

The fastest way to lower your AT&T bill is to use less data and to avoid overages.

If you stream music, see if there is an option to save your favorite playlists to your phone to save on data use.

Make sure you always connect to WiFi when you can. This will save significant data use over the course of the month.

Use built-in tools on iPhone and Android to see how much data each app uses and control those apps or limit to WiFi.

Make sure you get alerts when your data usage is too high so that you can figure out if it is cheaper to upgrade to a higher data plan for that month or to pay an overage.

Smart data usage decisions can help you drop at least one data plan for most of the year and significantly lower your AT&T bill.

You can change data plans on a Mobile Share online at any time without impacting your contract. AT&T often delivers promotional data rates that offer bigger savings. You can lock these in to save long-term. If you decide to switch, you will lose that rate, so make sure to compare all the details before you confirm changes.

Trim AT&T Features You Don’t Use Anymore

Did you add an international data plan for a trip you took last summer or are you still paying for ringback tones and child monitoring features on your AT&T bill?

Audit your bill every few months to see if you can drop features that you don’t actually need anymore. If you are paying for a special feature or service you should spend 10 minutes to see if there is an app solution that is cheaper or free.

If you only use a feature sporadically, make sure that you turn it off when you don’t need it.

Share With Family

Share your account with friends or family.

The fastest way to lower your AT&T bill is to use a family plan that includes more than just your immediate family, or if you are single to join up with a family.

A single smartphone on AT&T with 3GB of data is $80 on a two-year contract. Add a second line and 3GB of additional data and the price is $150 a month. That’s $10 cheaper than going separately.

If you can join up with friends or with a bigger family that you trust to pay on time and regularly, this is an excellent way to save. This works out especially well for keeping parents or grandparents connected at a reasonable rate.

Check for Discounts

Don’t miss out on any discounts that are available.

AT&T offers discounts to employees of many companies and to military members. You can save significantly on your bill without changing any features on your plan.

Enter your work email to check for AT&T employee discounts at the AT&T business center. This includes large and small businesses, government employees and college and university faculty and staff. The discount varies by employer. If you don’t have a work email you can also ask at a local store.

Military members, DoD employees and veterans can get a 15% discount on AT&T wireless service. Vets need to go to a local AT&T store with a DD form 214, AmVets membership card or Veteran’s ID card and to mention FAN code 4085530 to enroll. Check out more details about this option to lower your AT&T bill.

How to Lower Your AT&T Bill is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Sling TV Review: Is $20 A Month Worth It?

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 22:15

Sling TV Review: Is $20 A Month Worth It? is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Are you ready to cancel cable or ditch that expensive DirecTV subscription you’ve been over paying on for years? If so, Sling TV is for you, and it’s only $20 a month with no contracts. Nearly five months ago after being announced in January, Sling TV was officially released. The first complete internet-streaming TV service aimed at replacing traditional cable and satellite TV.

So what is Sling TV? It is an internet TV service from Dish that offers the most popular, most watched essential TV channels to an array of connected devices with no contracts for only $20 a month. Then users can get more than the basic 23 channels for a few more bucks, and it’s absolutely worth it.

Read: Sling TV First Impressions

Sling TV lets you watch a collection of live TV including ESPN and On-Demand movies all online on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, Nexus Player, Roku, Mac, PC, as well as both Android and iOS without a regular cable subscription. Read on for our quick review on whether or not Sling TV, for $20, is worth it.

I used to have Cox Cable and bundled my internet and phone into a premium package all for $160 a month, and I had over 1,500 channels I never watched. Give me some movies, popular TV shows, ESPN for my favorite sports and HBO, and I’m set. Add in Netflix, and there’s nothing else I need.

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past five months since Sling TV was released. Rather than pay an overpriced cable provider for a bundle of channels you’ll never use, Sling offers all the basics in one easy solution for multiple devices. Here’s why I think it’s worth at least trying.

Sling TV Review Summary

My Sling TV video below will give you a quick glance at nearly everything Sling TV has to offer for $20 a month with no contracts required, show you a few extra channels and features (like pause and rewind) while giving you a feel for what it offers on connected devices, and Android or iOS.

In short, Sling TV is for individuals who don’t want to sign contracts and be locked into paying huge monthly bills for hundreds of channels they’ll never watch. You get 23 channels of internet-streamed actual live TV for $20 a month, and can add on tons more for only $5 for each package. It works great and I love it, even if it has a few things that could be improved.

What I Like: ESPN & HBO without cable. That’s all I need. TV you can watch virtually anywhere. At home, on my computer, or on the go with my favorite Android or iOS device. It’s cheap, there’s no contracts, and I get the few channels I actually want to watch, without paying for hundreds I don’t need. $20 a month, $5 add-ons for more content, and it’s extremely fast with no buffering or loading.

What I Don’t Like: The few downsides are you don’t have DVR capabilities, pause/rewind is limited to a select few channels, you can only watch TV or movies on one device at a time, and it doesn’t have as many options as traditional cable.

Bottom Line: The bottom line though, is Sling TV delivers just enough to make it absolutely worth $20 a month. It’s a blend between Netflix and cable, has plenty of content for the price, works on tons of devices, and if you don’t like it, just cancel. There’s no contracts, so there’s no risk.

Before we get started though we want to mention that you need to look at Sling TV for what it’s worth. It won’t have everything, or the most options in the world, but it offers an excellent package of popular TV all for a low price. Basically appreciate what it has to offer, based on the price vs some of the cable companies around the US. That, and it isn’t Comcast!

Sling TV delivers 23 channels for $20 a month, then for $5 more you can add on tons of additional packages that will get you up to nearly $80 a month for everything, including HBO, but most users will only need 1/3 of that to be satisfied. Above is the core package for $20 with no contracts, which is good enough for most. Being able to enjoy two ESPN channels, AMC (Better Call Saul), TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, Adult Swim, ABC Family and a few more all without a cable subscription is awesome. My favorite aspect is being able to watch ESPN anywhere, even on my Android smartphone or tablet. I can’t wait for College football season.

However, if that core package isn’t enough for you, or you’d like more options, you can add-on additional packages. HBO is $15 a month, Sports is $5 with a decent selection for college football and more, Deportes Extra for Spanish users, Kids gets you tons of Disney and more for $5, and even a $5 Hollywood pack offers TCM, four EPIX channels and more which is all movies. Then world news, lifestyle and more.

These packages don’t offer a lot for $5, which is kind of a let down, but then again most users don’t need or want to be scrolling through 150 channels. It’s the basics, the popular stuff, all for a low price.

Then of course we have Movies. This is one of a few areas I’m not a fan of. While Sling has a great selection of popular, classic, and new release movies, they’re overpriced. Being $3.99 for SD, and $4.99 for HD movie rentals. This is more than Redbox, so I typically don’t rent movies on Sling. But at least the option is there for those who’d like to.

As we stated in our video review above a lot of the add-on packages have pause and fast forward, but most don’t. There’s also no DVR capabilities either. This is something that we’d like to see in the future, along with multi-device streaming. My biggest and only real complaint is Sling TV can only be enjoyed on one device at a time. Try to stream on two, and one will shut off.

There are currently no plans to offer multiple users for one account, but paying $5 more a month for two lines of streaming would be perfectly acceptable, and hopefully becomes an option in the future. Another issue which isn’t Sling’s fault, but Amazon, is you can’t rent movies on Sling using the Amazon Fire TV or Stick. Amazon wants you to use their services, so that aspect is disabled. However, to get around that I’d rent a movie on my smartphone, Roku 3, or Nexus Player, then find it in my watchlist. That was only an issue because the Roku 3 is in my bedroom, while the Fire TV is in my living room.

After sampling Sling TV for five months on an iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, Roku 3 and the Amazon Fire TV I’m extremely impressed and will continue to pay my $45 a month for a few add-ons and HBO. The overall interface is slick and lag-free, there’s no loading or buffering, and it’s a great overall experience.

The design is pretty straightforward and simple across all platforms. You have a channel guide on the bottom, and a quick tap or scroll will switch channels. You can even browse ahead in the day to see what’s on, and even pause some channels, all while your current show (even another channel) is playing in the background. I can keep watching ESPN while I search for a movie to rent for the night, and more, all with ease. I also enjoy being able to watch movies from earlier in the day on EPIX, on demand. All said and done though, it’s the mobile aspects I’m enjoying. Again, I can’t wait for College Football and watching ESPN from my smartphone without a cable subscription. That’s a key aspect of Sling.

Sling TV doesn’t have movie or show reminders, nor can you add your favorite channels to the front of the list. There are a few areas that need improvements, but overall, for $20 a month, Sling TV is a must try. At least for a few months to see if you can live without 1,500 channels and DVR, in order to save tons of money.

If you’d like to try Sling TV right now, they’re offering a free 7-day trial, and those with an Xbox One get it free for an entire month. Two months in I canceled cable and rely on Sling or Netflix, and I’m just fine.

Final Thoughts

In closing, Sling TV delivers ESPN, some great TV and movies, and HBO all for only $35 a month with no contract. That’s what I originally was using, but have recently added a few more channels with the Hollywood package for all the EPIX movie channels. Sling TV is my gateway to sports on Android, without cable or a 2-year subscription. That alone is enough to try it in my opinion.

Sling TV has a great foundation, room to grow and improve, and is the first step to taking control back of TV and loosening the grip cable providers have over everyone. If they can continue to improve the little things, add more content, and allow multiple devices to stream at once, there’s no stopping Sling TV. It is a must try, especially for only $20 a month.

Sling TV Review: Is $20 A Month Worth It? is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:20

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date is clearly getting closer and now is a great to start preparing for the device’s arrival. One thing you’ll want to do is set proper expectations and today we want to help you do just that. Here’s what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date.

Samsung still isn’t talking about the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy Note 5 release date but we currently have a read on both. Thanks to an onslaught of Galaxy Note 5 rumors, we have a pretty good read on just about everything related to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 successor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is shaping up to be a fine successor to last year’s model and a solid competitor for the iPhone 6 Plus and rumored iPhone 6s Plus. It’s expected to feature a number of new features including a premium design that resembles the Galaxy S6, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, new processor, 4GB of RAM, a new S Pen, and more. It’s a phone that people are starting to get excited about, especially because its launch might be just a few short days away.

Galaxy Note 5 launch date and release date rumors have emerged and it looks like we won’t have to wait very long for Samsung to make its announcement or for the company to release the phone. It used to be that we had to wait for IFA, 2015 isn’t a typical year it seems.

With Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors picking up and a Galaxy Note 5 release date rumored, we want to take a look at a few things we expect from the Galaxy Note 5 release date. These predictions are based on what we’ve heard, credible Galaxy Note 5 rumors and years of covering Galaxy Note releases.

Galaxy Note 5 Release Date Announcement

The first thing to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date is for it to be confirmed whenever Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch date is rumored for August 13th and it’s there that we’ll most likely hear everything there is to know about the next-gen Galaxy Note. That includes the release date.

Samsung used to be vague about its release dates but over the years it has adopted an Apple-style approach where it confirms an initial release date on stage. Then days, sometimes weeks later, it confirms the rest.

We’d expect Samsung to confirm the Galaxy Note 5 release date for most regions next month. It’s clear that Samsung’s trying to beat Father Time and the iPhone 6s with its announcement and it makes sense for it to get a date out to buyers as soon as it possibly can.

Galaxy Note 5 Pre-Orders

We’d expect Samsung to offer Galaxy Note 5 pre-orders soon after the Galaxy Note 5 announcement, probably day of. Again, Samsung is trying to be the clock with an early Galaxy Note 5 release and it will want to secure as many orders as it possibly can in August ahead of Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus launch.

Expect most carriers to offer early orders on the Galaxy Note 5. Android flagships usually endure a widespread pre-order process before release and we expect nothing less from a phone that will almost certainly be one of the biggest names in Android this coming fall.

A Reason to Pre-Order

We expect some carriers to ship out the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 before its release date. And if you’re interested, you’ll probably have to pre-order.

Carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T have a habit of rewarding pre-orderers with early shipping dates. Often, we see Android devices move out a few days ahead of the street date. For instanced some carriers shipped the Samsung Galaxy S6 well before its release in April.

We expect the same here with the Galaxy Note 5. We might not see it arrive a day after the launch but don’t be surprised if it hits doorsteps one or two days early.

Galaxy Note 5 Release Date in August

We expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date to land in August. Galaxy Note 5 rumors have all pointed to a release next month and when there’s a lot of smoke there’s typically a lot of fire.

Again, it’s clear what Samsung’s motives are. It wants to get this phone out before Apple gets its iPhones out on shelves. Whether or not this will actually work is up for debate.

Galaxy Note 5 rumors have pointed to an arrival on August 21st, or, just a few short days after the launch date. We’d expect the Galaxy Note 5 to be released for a number of key regions on or around that day.

We’d also expect to see some stragglers. Rumors point to late Galaxy Note 5 releases for Europe and Russia. We don’t know if that will be the case but we wouldn’t expect every single region on the planet to get the Galaxy Note 5 on its first day of availability. Not even Apple’s able to do that.

U.S. Galaxy Note 5 Release Date

We’d expect the United States to be among the first batch of countries to get the Galaxy Note 5. Rumors suggest exactly that and there’s no reason to believe that the U.S., one of the biggest markets in the world, won’t be a focus for Samsung this fall.

There’s evidence that points to a Galaxy Note 5 release date. We’ve seen the AT&T, Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Note 5 models pass through the FCC. This doesn’t confirm a specific date but it does mean that these carriers are ready to put this phone out.

We typically see FCC filings clear on launch day or in the weeks between launch and release. The fact that they’ve already passed the FCC is a sign that the Galaxy Note 5 release date will come early in the United States.

Five U.S. Carriers

Don’t expect the Galaxy Note 5 to tons of carriers in the United States. The Galaxy Note series has always been confined to the five major carriers in the United States. This includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. It hasn’t included carriers like MetroPCS and C Spire. We wouldn’t expect that to change this year.

Widespread Availability

When the Galaxy Note 5 release date arrives, we’d expect there to be widespread availability. What we mean is that there will almost certainly be plenty of places to buy the Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung’s flagship phones always go on sale in a mind-boggling number of places and you shouldn’t expect anything different if the company is trying to catch the iPhone in sales.

Expect the usual suspects to offer the Galaxy Note 5. The list should include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and carrier locations. At the very least. This will be an easy phone to buy on release day.

Galaxy Note 5 Deals, Galaxy Note 4 Deals

We’re expecting the Galaxy Note 4 price to drop when the Galaxy Note 5 arrives. That’ll be a deal in and of itself. We’d also expect retailers to start trying to undercut each other in the hours, days and weeks after the Galaxy Note 5 release. There will be no shortage of Galaxy Note 4 deals once the Galaxy Note 5 arrives.

We’d also expect there to be a few Galaxy Note 5 deals. Maybe not price cuts but perhaps some trade-ins that allow buyers to trade in an old device and knock a portion off the Galaxy Note 5 price.

We wouldn’t expect to early price cuts from retailers like Amazon. It used to be that they’d offer flagships for $20 or so off carrier asking price but nowadays their pricing falls in line with carrier pricing. If you’re looking to score a huge Galaxy Note 5 deal, you’ll probably have to wait a few weeks or maybe even a few months.

Limited Galaxy Note 5 Accessories

With the Galaxy Note 5 expected to feature a redesign that includes different dimensions, we’re not expecting to see tons and tons of Galaxy Note 5 accessories on its release date.

There will probably be some third-party cases available right when the phone comes out but given the design change, we’d expect the overwhelming majority of accessories to come a little later in the game. That includes some of the official Galaxy Note 5 accessories from Samsung.

Very Few Surprises

Expect this to be a pretty straightforward release. In other words, don’t expect the Galaxy Note 5 release date to arrive on a weekend. It will arrive on a weekday.

Don’t expect a midnight pre-order or for retail stores to open early. We never see iPhone-style lines on Android smartphone release dates.

And don’t expect a sell out. Even the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge managed to stay in stock in the hours and days immediately following their release. The Galaxy Note, a high-end niche device, shouldn’t have any problems.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't official yet but that doesn't mean that you can't prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things you can do ahead of Samsung's announcement and release and deciding on how much storage you might need is one of them. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design is reportedly going to be similar to the Galaxy S6's. That means premium build materials but it also means no microSD card slot for expanded storage. If this is true, and it probably is, it's going to put pressure on you to figure out how much internal storage you'll need. 

If Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 doesn't feature expandable storage, it'll likely come with several storage options. Those storage options will vary in price. You don't want to pay for storage that you're never going to need so you'll want to think about this ahead of time.

Take a look at your current device, think about how you might use your next phone, and estimate how much storage it will take to feel comfortable. For some of you, it might be 32GB. For others, it might be a 128GB of space. 

We don't know how much the Galaxy Note 5 will come with yet but chances are we'll see some sort of combo featuring 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG’s Galaxy Note 5 Rival Release Confirmed

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 17:35

LG’s Galaxy Note 5 Rival Release Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this year a few weeks before the LG G4 release date in the United States rumors started floating around that the G4 wouldn’t be the only smartphone from LG this year. In fact, rumors suggested a bigger, better and faster LG G4 Note or LG G4 Pro was in the works to take on the Galaxy Note 5.

Those rumors actually started before the G4 was even announced, and suggested that in April the company would announce both smartphones, but as we know, only the LG G4 was revealed. However, today LG themselves confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus competitor will still be released, only it’s coming later this year.

Read: LG G4 Pro Rumors & Specs Emerge

Since the LG G4 launch rumors of a better model have slowed down, but this week a brand new report has surfaced suggesting a rather impressive phone is slated to arrive late this fall, and if rumors are accurate this will be one of the best phones released in 2015, and possibly match many in 2016 as well.

Today the popular and often accurate Korean outlet ET News had a few comments they claim came straight from LG themselves. According to their sources LG will be releasing a “super premium phone” later this year that will take on premium high end devices. A two-device approach similar to Samsung, Apple, and apparently the same move Motorola is making this year as well.

LG also confirmed they plain to release a few “derivatives” of the popular LG G4, that is a great phone, but not doing as well as projected. This means we can expect a few different variants, likely for regions outside of the United States. However, the big flagship “super premium phone” will most likely come to the United States, but be released at a time that won’t make it compete with the Galaxy Note 5. The phone looks to take on Samsung’s best, but won’t be released around the same time. LG wants buyers to have options, not fight the competition head on.

However, if the reports and rumors we’ve been seeing about this device, which is being called the LG G4 Note or the LG G4 Pro are accurate, it will take on the Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s. The latest reports suggest it’s one impressive phone. Here’s what we know so far based on rumors.

LG G4 Note (or Pro) Rumored Specs

  • 5.8-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD “Quantum display”
  • 8-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 32-64GB of storage and a micro-SD slot
  • 27 megapixel rear and 8 mp wide-angle front camera setup
  • Android 5.1 or Android M depending on release date
  • Built-in Stylus
  • Huge battery
  • Potential October release date

A few other reports have mentioned an October release date, which would be after the Note 5 and iPhone 6s, giving LG the stage all by themselves. One rumor even claimed LG would push the envelope and deliver a 3k resolution Ultra-HD display, something we heard the Note 5 could have, but likely won’t.

If the device indeed comes that late in the year we can expect a fingerprint scanner now that Android M has features for it built-in natively, a USB Type-C connector for faster data speeds, charging, and transfers, and much much more.

If that all ends up holding true this phone would slightly edge out the new Galaxy Note 5, be released in time for the holiday sales burst, and potentially be LG’s best smartphone to date.

With the new Galaxy Note 5 rumored to be released in August, not October, and the new iPhone 6s expected to arrive in September, LG has its work cut out for them. That said, if they can deliver a smartphone similar to what’s being mentioned above, they could have a real winner on their hands. We’ll have to wait and see.

LG’s Galaxy Note 5 Rival Release Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.4.1 Release Time: What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 16:42

iOS 8.4.1 Release Time: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple isn’t talking about the iOS 8.4.1 release date which means that it’s not talking about the iOS 8.4.1 release time either. With that and your expectations in mind, we want to take a look at a few of the most important things to know about Apple, its iOS release protocol and the iOS 8.4.1 release time.

In late June, Apple rolled out an iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update delivered key bug fixes, enhancements for iBooks, and some big changes to Apple Music. The new Music app includes a redesign, a streaming music service and more.

While some believed that iOS 8.4 would serve as the final piece of the bridge to Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 update, we now know that that won’t be the case. That honor will likely go to a new iOS 8.4 update and one that is expected to be much smaller than Apple’s iOS 8.4 release.

The update is iOS 8.4.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, It was confirmed a few days after the iOS 8.4 release and it currently sits in a private developer beta without a public release date or a change log. Apple isn’t talking about the software update and that’s left iPhone and iPad users with a lot of questions.

Apple hasn’t made a big announcement regarding the iOS 8.4.1 release date and iOS 8.4.1 release time but we have a pretty good idea about what to expect. So today, ahead of an unknown release date, we want to take a look at a few things you should expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release time. This is how the release should play out for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches capable of running Apple’s iOS 8.4 software.

An Official iOS 8.4.1 Release Time

You shouldn’t expect Apple to confirm an iOS 8.4.1 release date or iOS 8.4.1 release time ahead of the update’s release later this year.

If you just picked up an iPhone or iPad for the first time, here’s the deal. Apple only announces public iOS release dates on stage. For instance, the iOS 8.1 release date was confirmed alongside new iPads last October.

If Apple sticks to protocol, and it probably will, the iOS 8.4.1 release date and time will remain a mystery up until the update’s official release. Don’t expect iOS 8.4.1 to be an anomaly.

iOS 8.4.1 Release Time for U.S.

Apple probably won’t be talking about the iOS 8.4.1 release time but that’s not a problem because its iOS release times are pretty predictable.

If you’ve been through an iOS release before, you hopefully know what to expect. If you haven’t, or you need a reminder, here’s what you should expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release time if you live in the United States.

In the United States, you can expect the iOS 8.4.1 release time to be sometime between 9AM PST and 10AM PST. Here’s what that looks like for other parts of the United States:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11 AM

The iOS 8.4.1 release time will be the same for everyone. Unlike Android, Apple releases its iOS updates to everyone at once. So if it arrives at 9:13AM PST, expect that it will be available for all iOS 8 powered devices.

iOS 8.4.1 Release Time for Others

Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 update will come to everyone at the same time, not just iPhone and iPad (and iPod touch!) users in the United States. So, with that in mind, here’s what those of you in other parts of the world should expect from Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 release time.

  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Dehli – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Don’t expect Apple to confirm those times ahead of time but that’s when you’ll want to be checking your phone if you’re interested in installing the iOS 8.4.1 update right when it’s first released.

iOS 8.4.1 Release Date

Apple hasn’t released any official details regarding the iOS 8.4.1 release date but you can expect the release to take place sometime in the near future.

iOS 8.4.1 is an extremely small update and it looks like it will be a maintenance release ahead of the iOS 9 update in the fall. Maintenance iOS releases typically don’t spend months inside of Apple’s beta program and from the look of things, iOS 8.4.1 is about as small as iOS updates come. It’s so small that beta testers are having a difficult time finding anything new.

We expect the release to take place ahead of September, the likely iOS 9 release month, and you should expect the iOS 8.4.1 release date timing to fall between Monday and Friday. Apple never rolls out iOS updates on the weekend and we don’t expect the company to do differently here.

iTunes and OTA

When the update arrives, expect the usual from Apple. If you’ve installed an iOS update before, you know what to expect. If this is your first time, know that there will be two ways to install the iOS 8.4.1 update when it comes out: iTunes and Over-the-Air thru Settings.

We wouldn’t expect the iOS 8.4.1 update to be a big update which means that we don’t expect install times to take very long. Maybe only a few minutes with iTunes or Over-the-Air. Again, this is probably going to be a tiny bug fix and tiny bug fixes usually aren’t 200MB.

Smooth Sailing

Expect smooth sailing if you decide to download and install the iOS 8.4.1 update right when it’s first released. This isn’t iOS 9 we’re dealing with here.

iOS 8.4.1 isn’t a big update. It also hasn’t been publicized. We typically only see server and installation problems on major iOS release dates. This is not a major release date and you should be fine to install the update right at the iOS 8.4.1 release time.

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Don't expect the iOS 8.4.1 beta to last very long. With an iOS 9 release looming on the horizon and the iOS 8.4.1 seemingly nothing more than a bug fixer, we'd be surprised if this beta process dragged on. 

We'd expect this to be similar to the iOS 8.1.1 beta that Apple unleashed earlier this year. That update only went through one beta release before it was released to the public.

One iOS 8.4.1 beta wouldn't shock us, neither would two. Three iOS 8.4.1 beta releases before a public roll out would be surprising though. And we'd expect no more than one beta release for the public if there is even one at all. 

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iOS 8.4.1 Release Time: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6s Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Important Details

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:09

iPhone 6s Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re looking to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or ditch it for something else, the iPhone 6s Plus is a phone that needs to be on your radar. With rumors circling and a release rumored to be taking place in just a few weeks, we take a look at what current and prospective Galaxy Note 4 owners need to know right now about the rumored iPhone 6s Plus.

Last year, Samsung took the stage in early September and announced a fourth-generation Galaxy Note called Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 built on the foundation left behind by the Galaxy Note 3 and introduced a number of new features including a spacious 5.7-inch display, design made of plastic and metal, a solid rear camera, a great front-facing camera, excellent multitasking features, and more.

The Galaxy Note 4 is still a great phone but its time in the spotlight will soon come to an end thanks to a new Galaxy Note 5. And while the Galaxy Note 5 will inevitably become Samsung’s flagship, it won’t be the end for the Galaxy Note 4. Not by a long shot. Thanks to software updates and a price cut, the Galaxy Note 4 will remain relevant for months, if not years, to come.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will soon face stiffer opposition. Not just from the Galaxy Note 5 either. Apple’s apparently cooking up a new iPhone 6s Plus to compete against the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy Note 4 this fall. And while the iPhone 6s Plus isn’t confirmed, there’s enough out there to warrant some early comparisons ahead of the fall.

The iPhone Plus series is aimed directly at the Galaxy Note series and with iPhone 6s Plus rumors swirling, current and prospective Galaxy Note 4 owners have begun to take notice. And for good reason. This rumored iPhone should be a worthy opponent.

While we don’t have all the answers, we are armed with a ton of credible information and today we want to offer you some important details to perhaps push you to one side of the fence or the other. If you’re comparing the iPhone 6s Plus to the Galaxy Note 4, here’s what we think you need to know as we push into the summer.

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If you're thinking about buying the next iPhone or the Galaxy Note or thinking about replacing the Galaxy Note 4 after one year, you're in the right place. Our goal is to get you as prepared as possible in the weeks leading up to Apple's probable 2015 iPhone announcement. 

The first question that we want to answer for you is this one: "When will the iPhone 6s launch?" It's a great question and one that we can't answer definitively at the moment because Apple hasn't sent out media invites for an iPhone event. We also have yet to see iPhone 6s launch rumors settle on an exact date. 

The iPhone 6s Plus launch date isn't confirmed but it's probably only a few weeks away. Apple's last three iPhone launches all came during the month of September and with an iOS 9 release confirmed for the fall, there's a very good chance that the iPhone 6s launch date will arrive sometime in and around the start of fall (September 23rd). That means September.

We haven't see any credible rumors point to August and even Apple's competitors (read: Samsung) are betting on an iPhone 6s Plus launch in September.

With a September iPhone 6s Plus launch the most likely scenario, it means that you're likely going to have to wait a few more weeks and endure more iPhone 6s Plus rumors before you're able to compare the iPhone 6s Plus to the Galaxy Note 4.

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iPhone 6s Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs Nexus 6: What We Know So Far

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 22:25

Galaxy Note 5 vs Nexus 6: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a big-screen Android smartphone as the 2015 fall months approach, two excellent choices will be the readily available Nexus 6, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung. With the Galaxy Note 5 launch date strongly rumored for August 13th, here’s what you need to know and how it compares to Google’s Motorola Nexus 6.

In September of 2014 the Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled in Berlin at the annual IFA event, just like the three models before it. Many expected the same approach this year with an announcement and middle or late October release date. However, it appears the new Galaxy Note 5 is coming much earlier, to take on the competition and beat Apple to the market.

Read: Nexus 6 Review

The Nexus 6 was actually announced and released around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4, so they are two devices that are very similar and have been compared time and time again. What this means, is the Note 5 will likely have a lot more to offer, but probably cost more too. Read on for everything we know so far, and a few things that separates these two devices for buyers.

As the summer comes to a close more and more Galaxy Note 5 rumors have started to surface, but at a much quicker pace than previous years. That all is starting to make sense now, as we’re hearing from multiple sources that an August 12th or 13th announcement is coming, rather than the early September release we’ve seen for years from Samsung.

With that in mind, we have tons of information already about the specs, screen size, features, options, design and more, and how it will all stack up against the competition. Devices like the big 5.9-inch Nexus 6 that offers a bigger screen in a similar sized device.

The Galaxy Note 4 was and still is an excellent smartphone, but so is the Nexus 6. They’re very similar in a way, but vastly different thanks to the S-Pen stylus and micro-SD slot from Samsung, and different software from Google.

Read: Galaxy Note 5 Specs: What Photo Leaks Are Revealing

While we don’t know everything about the all-new Galaxy Note 5 just yet, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. This is based on a slew of rumors, tons of information floating around, not to mention Samsung’s typical update cycle and current devices like the Galaxy S6. Here’s an early comparison (based on rumors) of how the Note 5 will compare to the Nexus 6.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date is still a complete mystery, but we do however have a pretty good idea regarding a launch date. Unlike the last four years where it was announced in early September, multiple sources are claiming August 13th is the announcement date.

We're hearing a new Note 5 and a bigger Galaxy S6 Edge + are both coming, but we'll have to wait and see.

If you're thinking about ditching a Galaxy S5 or Nexus 5 for something bigger, the Note 5 or Nexus 6 are both great options. The Nexus 6 has been available for a long, long time, and the Note 5 is coming soon.

We'd recommend waiting another 3 weeks for the rumored August 13th date to roll around, in the event that it's accurate. If so, we'll know exactly what's coming from the Note 5, and if it's worth waiting for, or passing on it and getting the impressive Nexus 6.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs Nexus 6: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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7 Things You’ll Hate About the iPhone 5s

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:31

7 Things You’ll Hate About the iPhone 5s is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple still sells the iPhone 5s a cheap alternative to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve been using the phone for close to two years now and while there are some things that we still love about it, there are also some things that we hate. Here are a few things you might hate about the iPhone 5s.

In the fall of 2013, Apple took the stage and announced a follow-up to its widely popular iPhone 5. The year before, Apple had debuted the first iPhone with a 4-inch display, the first iPhone with LTE, and the first iPhone with its lightning dock standard. Now, it was time to build on that foundation with the iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 5s arrived to great fanfare and deservedly so. It was, and is, an iPhone 5. Only better. The iPhone 5s was the first phone to deliver Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a phone that we instantly fell in love with. It was also the first iPhone to use Apple’s A7 dual-core processor. It was, and in some ways still is, a solid device.

In the months since its release, the iPhone 5s has gone from flagship to budget alternative. The device is still sold on the Apple Store for $99 on-contract and if you look hard enough, you’ll probably be able to find it for much cheaper than that.

As we recently pointed out, there are still some things to like about the iPhone 5s and its features. Some of its hardware has held up and it should continue to get software support for several years. There are, however, some reasons to think twice about buying it nearly two years after its release.

We’ve been using the Apple iPhone 5s camera for nearly two years now and here are a few things we think you might hate about it.

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The iPhone 5s was once in possession of an excellent rear camera. And while it will still do the job for most people, it simply can't compare to rear camera sensors from 2014 and 2015.

In 2013, the iPhone 5s' 8MP camera was one of the features that compelled us and many others to buy the device at launch. Over the last two years though, camera technology has come a long way, and now it's camera is one of the device's flaws. 

It wouldn't be so bad if the iPhone 5s was cheaper than most Android devices but its not. At $99 on-contract, it's actually very expensive for a phone from 2013. If you look hard enough, you'll be able to find a Galaxy S6 or an LG G4 for around that price. Their rear cameras blow the iPhone 5s' out of the water.

If you shoot a ton of photos or you're planning to shoot a ton of photos with your next phone, this is probably going to be a feature that you wind up hating. It's a big reason why we upgraded to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Their rear cameras are far superior. 

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7 Things You’ll Hate About the iPhone 5s is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 7 Android M Release: 5 Important Details

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:24

Nexus 7 Android M Release: 5 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Nexus Android M release is confirmed and that has owners of Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets antsy as we push deeper into the summer. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the five most important things to know right now about the Nexus 7 Android M release.

At Google I/O 2015 in May, the company took the stage to show off a number of new products including an updated version of its Android operating system. The new update is, for the moment, called Android M and it will replace last year’s Android Lollipop update on Nexus devices and devices from other Android manufacturers.

Android M doesn’t bring the huge design changes that Android users encountered with Android Lollipop but it’s still going to be a significant update thanks to its focus on performance.

The Android M update is currently available for four devices (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player) in beta form. Google’s rolled out two Android M Developer Previews (betas) to those wanting and willing to test out the update ahead of time. Those updates are confirmed and while nothing is confirmed, we might see the Android M update hit some other devices later this year.

One of those devices is the company’s Nexus 7. Google’s developer preview isn’t available for the Nexus 7 but we could see a Nexus 7 Android M update roll out later this year. Nothing is confirmed yet but many believe that at least one version of the Nexus 7 will get updated with Google’s new operating system.

With an Android M release on the horizon, we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know right now about the Nexus 7 Android M release.

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First things first. If the Nexus 7 Android M update, and yes it is an "if" at this point, it will likely be coming sometime in late Q3 or early Q4. Here's why. 

Google's confirmed the Android M release for later in the third quarter. This likely means late August or September. Q3 spans from July to September. The company maintains that it will hit this deadline so there's no reason to believe that the release will be held up. It depends on testing but thus far, everything has gone according to plan.

Google typically staggers its Nexus Android releases. What we mean by that is, we usually don't see all the updates roll out at once. Sometimes, devices get software a few days, even a few weeks after the first batch of roll outs. 

If the Nexus 7 gets Android M, there's a good chance that it will get the update in Q3. The Wi-Fi model. The cellular versions of the Nexus 7 are typically off the pace by a few weeks. That's why we're leaving the door open for a Q4 arrival for some devices. 

We still have one more Android M Developer release to go before Google pushes the final version of Android M so we probably have at least a few more weeks until we know who's getting what and when. 

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Nexus 7 Android M Release: 5 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto G 2015 Release: Everything You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:22

Moto G 2015 Release: Everything You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week Motorola confirmed the company will be hosting a big event on July 28th where they plan to announce at least one new Moto X, as well as the Moto G 2015. Since then we’ve received a slew of details, leaks, images and more revealing the phone and everything about it well ahead of the release date.

Up until a few weeks ago all the leaks and rumors were about a new Moto X for 2015, but lately focus has turned to the Moto G and what it will offer all for a low price. Yesterday a full set of specs leaked on some dummy units in a retail store, and late last night Motorola spilled all the beans themselves online, the quickly removed the webpage.

Read: Moto G 2015 Release: 5 Things to Know

We recently learned that this year the new Moto G will be made available on MotoMaker.com, a website reserved for Moto X buyers to fully customize the smartphone. This means the Moto G will get the same treatment, and now thanks to a leak by Motorola, we have all the details. Read on for everything you need to know about the Moto G 2015.

Motorola messed up yesterday when they activated and published the Moto G 2015 webpage on Motomaker.com. It has since been removed, but it’s too late and we have a photo sharing all the details. This confirmed all the leaks we’ve heard thus far, and confirmed the name. It will be the Moto G 2015, not the Moto G (3rd Gen).

Here’s what Motorola has to say about the new Moto G:

The new Moto G exactly the way you want it. Choose your front and back colors, storage and memory, and more.”

According to that every leak as of late has been accurate, and we’ll have two different version of the Moto G at two different price points, and tons of customization. Here’s part of the website saved as a screenshot as proof.

Moto G 2015 Customization

The new Moto G will come in both white or black on the front and be offered on Moto Maker with at least 10 different custom colors for the back, 10 accents that are all beautiful metallic colors, five swappable plastic covers for the back that cost $19.99 each, and at least 10 wallpapers for buyers to choose from, which will be applied before the phone is mailed right to your door.

It also said we could choose our storage, memory and more, which is something we’ve heard before. Shown in the image above the Moto G 2015 will be available with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, or a cheaper 8GB of RAM model will also be available, likely with only 1GB of RAM inside. Either way, it’s still a fast and decent smartphone given the low price we’re expecting.

Moto G 2015 Specs
  • 5-inch 720p HD display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM
  • or a 16GB model with 2GB of RAM
  • 13 Megapixel rear and 5 mp front camera setup
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Dual front facing speakers
  • 4G LTE and a micro-SD slot
  • MotoMaker Support
  • Water-resistant
  • 2,470 mAh battery
  • more

So far the new Moto G 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best budget smartphones on the planet, one that buyers can completely customize as they’d like, and get shipped right to their door.

Moto G 2015 Release Date

The first two Moto G smartphones were announced and released in September of the last two years, and many expected the same this year. However, it looks like Motorola will deliver this new phone (and some new Moto X flagship smartphones) much sooner than we originally expected.

Motorola will announce the new Moto G and possibly two new Moto X smartphones, and maybe even a second Moto 360 smartwatch, next week on July 28th live in New York City. We could see the device become available the same day, but most likely a release date is set for early or mid-August. We’ll know soon enough.

U.S. Carriers

In past years we’ve seen Verizon offer its own variant of the original Moto G, as well as some smaller regional carriers. That said, T-Mobile and AT&T didn’t offer it, but the device is sold unlocked on Motorola.com and works great with both carriers.

This year we could see the Moto G arrive from T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, or the company could just offer it online for users to purchase outright for a low price, and take it to a carrier of choice. We’re expecting at least one carrier to be on board, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Moto G 2015 Price

Last but not least is the price. The last two Moto G smartphones were sold for $179 outright, with no contract. That’s a pretty low price for an excellent 5-inch customizable phone as we’ve detailed above, but we’re hearing the same pricing will hold true.

While this has yet to be confirmed, we’re hearing the Moto G 2015 with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM will be $179, just like the last two years. However, a better 16GB model with 2GB of RAM will be either $199, or $229. These are only guesses based on past devices and a few leaks, so we can’t be sure.

That said, on July 28th Motorola will share all the details and we’ll update with the final few details for buyers.

Moto G 2015 Release: Everything You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 5 Android M Update: 10 Important Details

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:02

Nexus 5 Android M Update: 10 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

In May, Google confirmed a Nexus 5 Android M update for release later this year. As we’ve made a push towards the update’s release window, we’ve started to learn a lot more about Lollipop’s successor. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what we think are 10 of the most important Nexus 5 Android M details you need to know about right now.

Rumors leading up to Google I/O 2015 suggested that Google had a brand new Android update up its sleeve for 2015. The rumors weren’t surprising. Google typically releases one major Android update per year and it has often used Google I/O as its launch pad.

Sure enough, Google executives took the stage to announce a slew of new details including an Android M update for select Nexus devices.

Android M is Lollipop’s successor and it will be rolling out to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus Player, and Nexus 9 at the very least. We’re expecting it to hit the Nexus 7 2013 as well though Google hasn’t confirmed either way.

Ahead of the Android M release date, Google’s released a beta version of its Android M update called Android M Developer Preview. It’s available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and Nexus 9 and developers (and casual users) have been poking and prodding it ahead of its arrival.

In the weeks since the Android M Developer Preview release and Google I/O, we’ve learned a lot more about the Android M update for Nexus 5. There are a few things that we think you should know before installing the Developer Preview and there are a few things we think you should know before the Nexus 5 Android M release date.

Android M might not have an official name but it has lots of other official details. Here’s what you need to know about the Nexus 5 Android M update.

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Before we get into all of the finer Nexus 5 Android M details, let's start with one of the most important details. 

Android M won't be the end of the road for the Nexus 5 but it could very well be the last major update that Google rolls out for the aging former flagship. Two clues. 

First, a report from Android Police. Ahead of the Android M announcement, the publication claimed that Google was planning to release an Android M update. That was confirmed. Furthermore, the site claimed that while the Nexus 5 "will be on the full OTA train until this coming fall," the device "should drop to security patches for another year." In other words, it might not get Android N. And that brings us to our second clue.

Google's website maintains that Nexus devices "may not receive the latest version of Android if they fall outside of the update window, which is usually around 18 months after a device has been released." This Nexus 5 is already 18 months old. It's 20 months old to be exact. 

Treat this update like it will be your last major release. You'll probably see Android 5.2.x updates that bring fixes and features but nothing else that's on par with Android M. We probably won't know for sure until next year though.

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Nexus 5 Android M Update: 10 Important Details is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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2015 Moto X Release: 3 New Details Leaked

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:52

2015 Moto X Release: 3 New Details Leaked is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With just under a week before Motorola officially announces the all-new 2015 Moto X 3rd Gen in New York City on July 28th, a slew of photos have leaked revealing its latest smartphone. Over the past few months we’ve received countless leaks, reports and rumors, but today the first actual images of the device may have surfaced.

Last year the 2nd Gen Moto X was announced and released in September, and many expected something similar here in 2015. However, the phone is set to be revealed next week and most likely released in early or mid-August.

Read: 2015 Moto X: 5 Things to Know

Recently more and more details have started to emerge about the device, but nothing is final until Motorola announces it themselves. We’ve heard the phone will have the same 5.2-inch screen as last year, only improved and higher resolution, but today’s leaks are suggesting something else. Read on for three new details.

This afternoon the Peru Android Facebook page leaked multiple photos they claim is the brand new Moto X 3rd Gen for 2015. Pictures of the front and the back, and even details about the two different variants of the Moto G, which will also be announced on July 28th.

Read: 2015 Moto X vs Moto X 2nd Gen: What to Expect

The Peru Android page is showing us our first look at Motorola’s new smartphone, if they are indeed real, and another set of details also leaked over on Google+. With just days before the Moto X release, everything is coming to light.

From what we’re seeing the new Moto X could be bigger than last year, which contradicts all rumors we’ve heard thus far. It also seems to have a very similar design, a beautiful fabric or kevlar coating on back, wrapped in a durable aluminum frame, and has very thin bezels allowing for a bigger display.

Bigger Screen

According to these images and comments from the leakster over on Google+ the new 2015 Moto X won’t be 5.2-inches in size like last year, but instead deliver a large 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display. With thin bezels this could be achieved without making the phone much bigger, physically, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The image certainly shows sleek bezels and a large device in-hand. We’ll find out everything come July 28th.

Front Facing Camera Flash

Looking at the image above showing off the large display, we’re also seeing something else that we’ve yet to see in leaks. If this photo is accurate the new Moto X will have a front facing flash for improved selfies. We’ve been hearing the phone will have an 8 megapixel wide-angle front camera, and there is clearly an LED flash next to it. Interesting.

The leakster also claims that there is a fingerprint scanner inside the bottom front facing speaker, which sounds doubtful. Again, we’ll have to see what Motorola announces next week.

Moto X Sport

And finally, for months we’ve been hearing Motorola could be bringing two different Moto X smartphones to the market this year. Originally rumors suggested the 5.2-inch Moto X, and then a bigger Moto XL or something else, but recently we’ve been hearing the Moto X Sport is what’s new.

According to Paul Faz on Google+, who leaked some of these photos, the new Moto X is indeed 5.5-inches, and the water-resistant and ultra-durable Moto X Sport will also be announced on July 28th with a more pedestrian 5.2-inch display.

For now that’s all we know based on the leaks that arrived today, but we only have a few more days before everything is officially announced on stage on New York City. It looks like this year Motorola could have a bigger, better, faster Moto X. One that offers more customization on top of different colors, leather, wood and now fabric for the back, not to mention a front facing flash and more. For those who don’t like the bigger size, the Moto X Sport could be the perfect phone, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Active.

Stay tuned, as more details are likely to surface as the July 28th announcement and launch date nears.

2015 Moto X Release: 3 New Details Leaked is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.4.1 Release: 5 Things Not to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:33

iOS 8.4.1 Release: 5 Things Not to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8.4.1 update is confirmed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch though its specific release date remains out of reach. With Apple silent, we want to help set your expectations and today we take a look at what we expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In late June, Apple released a brand new iOS 8 update. The update, iOS 8.4, follows in the footsteps of iOS 8.3 though its aim is vastly different than its predecessor. Instead of a massive list of bug fixes and new emojis, the iOS 8.4 is focused on Music and iBooks. two huge platforms.

The iOS 8.4 update brings enhancements and fixes to iBooks and it also delivers the new Music app that features a new UI, a streaming music service and Beats 1. Those who download and install the iOS 8.4 update gain access to a free three month Apple Music trial. It’s an update that we, and many others, have been using for the past three weeks.

iOS 8.4 isn’t the end of the road for iOS 8 though. No, Apple is planning to roll out another iOS 8.4 update in the form of iOS 8.4.1. The iOS 8.4.1 is currently available to developers in the company’s paid beta program and it will remain there until the company is ready to push it out to the general public.

Apple’s next iOS 8 update arrived without a release date and that’s left many people with questions. We don’t have all of the answers but we do have a ton of experience with incremental releases like iOS 8.4.1. Today, we want to help set your expectations and tell you about a few things we don’t expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Early iOS 8.4.1 Release Date Details

Do not expect to find out when Apple plans to release the iOS 8.4.1 update.

We rarely see rumors pinpoint release dates for small updates like iOS 8.4.1. Not like that matters. iOS release date rumors have been wrong in the past. Software release dates are moving targets that are heavily dependent on testing behind the scenes. If testing goes bad, the release date can move.

Apple only announces iOS release dates when it debuts software on stage next to new hardware. We’re not expecting iOS 8.4.1 to share the stage with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus so we’d expect Apple to release the software whenever it’s ready. That could be tomorrow, that could be August 28th. We simply don’t know and probably won’t know.

This is precisely why we recommend keeping your eyes peeled. This is why we recommend preparing for the iOS 8.4.1 update now. The update will likely appear out of thin air so you’ll want to be ready.

Release Day Server Problems

Do not expect the iOS 8.4.1 release date to cause a stir in the minutes immediately after its release.

We were extremely nervous in the minutes leading up to the iOS 8.4 release date on June 30th. Apple appeared to have cooked up a perfect storm of trouble. It announced iOS 8.4 on stage at WWDC alongside Apple Music. It confirmed a release date ahead of time. It even confirmed the release time. This had all the makings of a disastrous release day but Apple’s servers handled the heavy load.

We didn’t experience any abnormalities on the iOS 8.4 release date and we were able to download and install the software across all of our devices in a reasonable amount of time.

By comparison, the iOS 8.4.1 update is a small update with very little publicity and a tiny change log. We don’t expect people to flock to this update on its first day of availability. And even if we do see interest in iOS 8.4.1 pick up, Apple’s servers have proven that they can carry a heavy load.

Tons of iOS 8.4.1 Problems

While we do expect to see iOS 8.4.1 problems emerge both on and after the iOS 8.4.1 release date, we do not expect there to be any widespread iOS 8.4.1 problems. This is precisely why Apple is running a beta for this small update.

Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update did not go through a beta process before its release last year. If it had, maybe Apple would have caught the Touch ID and cellular data problems that plagued iPhone 6 owners immediately after its release. Since then, Apple’s put its iOS updates under the microscope so blunders like that never happen again.

Will the iOS 8.4.1 beta catch every single problem? Probably not. iOS updates always come with their own collection of issues. While we do expect it to bring problems, we don’t expect it to bring massive widespread issues to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

Apple’s got a solid foundation going thanks to the iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 updates and we don’t expect it to crack with the release of iOS 8.4.1. Still, you’ll want to wait for the dust to settle before installing it. Most of you will want to wait a few hours, at least, before you download and install the update.

Early iOS 8.4.1 Jailbreak Details

Do not expect any early iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak details to emerge.

Right now, you shouldn’t expect anything other than a waiting game. The iOS 8.4 jailbreak is alive and well but as we told you, there’s a chance that Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 will rain on its parade. We probably won’t know for sure until Apple releases the final version of the software.

We’d start preparing as if it will break it though. iOS 8.4.1 won’t have much on board making it a prime candidate for jailbreak buster duties.

Surprises

Finally, don’t expect any surprises from the iOS 8.4.1 update.

Don’t expect it to deliver a bunch of features. Don’t expect it to arrive for the iPhone 4. Don’t expect it to be released on a weekend. Don’t expect Apple to stray from its 9AM-10AM release time.

Our guess is that this will be a very straightforward bug fix update that helps Apple prepare for the iOS 9 release in the fall. Don’t expect much.

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Don't expect the iOS 8.4.1 beta to last very long. With an iOS 9 release looming on the horizon and the iOS 8.4.1 seemingly nothing more than a bug fixer, we'd be surprised if this beta process dragged on. 

We'd expect this to be similar to the iOS 8.1.1 beta that Apple unleashed earlier this year. That update only went through one beta release before it was released to the public.

One iOS 8.4.1 beta wouldn't shock us, neither would two. Three iOS 8.4.1 beta releases before a public roll out would be surprising though. And we'd expect no more than one beta release for the public if there is even one at all. 

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iOS 8.4.1 Release: 5 Things Not to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Install Apps & Games in Windows 10

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:34

How to Install Apps & Games in Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

A large part of the reason you’ll want Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is its new app store and platform.

Technology reporters and analysts like to say that each new generation of PCs is inspired by some new activity that users want to do. For Windows 7, users wanted a PC that was as fast as possible but offered modern amenities. Windows 8 buyers wanted a device that embraced modern activities like quickly browsing the internet and using touch instead of a mouse and keyboard. Others would argue that Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is a perfect example of what’s wrong with that theory.

Windows 10 does very little that’s entirely new to computing. Instead, it’s mostly about using apps and services to give users better, more intuitive ways to do the things they were already doing before. To get the best out of Windows 10 you’ll need to install apps for your favorite services. To take advantage of Xbox Live integration you’ll need to get some games.

Here’s how to install apps and games in Windows 10.

Read: What is Windows 10?

Installing Apps

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system got some things wrong. One of the things it got right was the Windows Store. The iPhone and just about every other device has a centralized place where users can go to find safe apps that let’ll them do just about anything they want.

Microsoft didn’t abandon this idea for Windows 10. The Windows Store is back and it’s better than it was before. For starters, the apps that you download can run on a tablet or a desktop, notebook, 2-in-1 or smartphone. Second, Microsoft has added programs to the Windows Store directly, meaning you no longer have to download things similar to iTunes and the full version of Microsoft Office from a web browser.

Please note that to download anything from the Windows Store you need a Microsoft Account assigned to your Windows 10 device. These can end with the suffix, @live.com, @hotmail.com and @outlook.com. If you are upgrading a Windows 8 PC, have an Outlook Mail account, use Skype or own an Xbox One, chances are you already have a Microsoft Account.

Using a mouse and keyboard? Click on the Windows button in the bottom-left corner of your screen. If you’re using a device with touch, press the physical Windows button on your device or tap on the Windows button in the taskbar in the bottom-left.

Look for the Windows Store Live Tile. In our example it’s the shopping bag icon we’ve highlighted. Tap or click on it.

Welcome to the Windows Store. From here you can purchase apps, games, music and movies. We’re focusing on apps right now so tap or click on the Apps section if you’re just browsing. If you are looking for a specific app tap on the search bar in the top-right corner to search the Windows Store for that app. For this example, we’re installing Flipboard.

Once you’ve found your app, tap or click on the Install button below its description. The color of the button changes depending on your theme, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t match what is shown here. On each app page, take note of the app’s reviews and pricing to decide whether it’s worth downloading. The bottom of each store page gives you a breakdown of what platforms the app works on and what languages it supports.

Wait for the app to install and then click or tap on Open.

With Tablet Mode turned off your app will work just like any other app in a window. When Tablet Mode is on it’ll take over the entire screen.

When you install new apps, they’ll automatically appear on your Start Menu or Start Screen. You can right-click on them to pin them to your Start Menu or Start Screen. If you have a touch device, you’ll need to tap and hold to get the pinning options.

Installing Games

Installing games on Windows 10 from the Windows 10 works exactly the same, but there’s some other things you should pay attention to when making your selections.

First, note that any app with an Xbox Logo on it offers Xbox Live achievements. These achievements are synced to your Xbox Live profile.

On each games page note the games rating, and whether it has in-app purchases. You also want to look out for the game’s rating. Microsoft now requires that game developers submit a rating before their title goes into the Windows Store. This allows you to determine if the game is appropriate for you and your family.

Go the bottom of the game’s page to note how big it is, who it’s appropriate for and which devices it’ll run on. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t have an indicator for whether a game specifically supports its Xbox One controller or not.

What You Need to Know About the Windows Store and More

Many Windows 10 games and apps are completely free. Others will cost you money through outright purchase or through in-app purchases. Often, your data will sync between these apps. Any app or game that you purchase can be installed on up to 10 PCs with your Microsoft Account attached.

Good luck with Windows 10.

How to Install Apps & Games in Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle: 5 Things to Know

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:23

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition is sold out but it appears that buyers will be able to take advantage of another Fallout 4 bundle ahead of the game’s release. A Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle release is confirmed and today we take a look at what you need to know about it right now.

In June, Bethesda took the stage at E3 2015 to announce a brand new version of Fallout dubbed Fallout 4. Fallout 4 is the true successor to 2008’s Fallout 3 and it’s Bethesda Softworks’ first big release since Elder Scrolls Skyrim back in 2011.

At E3, Todd Howard and Bethesda revealed a number of key details including gameplay, the game’s November 10th release date, and a collectors edition bundle called Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition. In the weeks since that announcement, we’ve seen tons of new Fallout 4 details emerge including a Pip Boy Edition sell out.

The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition is Bethesda’s most popular bundle. It comes with a number of items including a real-life Pip Boy that works in conjunction with a smartphone. Owners will be able to download an application, stick the phone into the Pip Boy, and interact with Fallout 4. It’s a very interesting product but it’s one that’s difficult to find.

Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition isn’t coming back but there are a few other bundles that Fallout 4 buyers can take advantage of. One is Microsoft’s Fallout 4 bundle that includes a copy of Fallout 3. And today, a retailer has begun to offer a special version of Fallout 4 called Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle.

The Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is real, not rumored, and today we want to take a look at everything we know so far about this brand new, and tempting, version of Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is the latest Fallout 4 release detail and it’s going to be a tempting offer for many ahead of the game’s November release date. While it doesn’t come with a Pip Boy, it does come with a few items that will be of interest to those who love the world of Fallout.

In addition to a copy of Fallout 4, the Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle comes with a Fallout 4 Franchise Book and a Fallout 4 Vault Boy Pop! Vinyl figure. The book is an extremely interesting addition as it’s an “80 page hardcover coffee table style book detailing in words and hi-res imagery the history of Fallout over the years.”

It would look great on a shelf, bed stand or on a coffee table. These are the Mighty Bundle’s three components and we don’t expect that to change.

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle for PS4, Xbox One & PC

The Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is available for PC, Xbox One and PS4. No exclusives here. There also don’t appear to be any differences except for the price.

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle Release Date

The Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle release date is November 10th, the same day that Bethesda will release Fallout 4 and the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition. The Mighty Bundle release date is the same for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

It’s not clear how much stock this lone retailer will have so it’s entirely possible that it will sell out before then. If you’re at all interested you’ll want to keep an eye on stock as we push deeper into the summer.

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is Limited

As of right now, the Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is limited to one retailer in one part of the world. The Mighty Bundle comes from New Zealand retailer Mighty Ape and it’s not clear if the bundle will ever made it out of that part of the world.

The retailer claims that the Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle is an “exclusive offer” which means that it might remain limited to the one region and the one retailer. The “Mighty” bundle name will likely stay exclusive to Mighty Ape but we could, perhaps, see this same bundle pop up under a different name somewhere else.

This certainly opens up the door for other Fallout 4 bundles ahead of the Fallout 4 release date. We wouldn’t be surprised if other retailers, or even Bethesda itself, offered something new in the buildup to November 10th. Just don’t expect the Pip Boy Edition to return.

Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle Price

The Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle price is, as expected, more expensive than the regular version of the game.

Mighty Ape is charging $99 NZ for the PC version of the Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle. However, it’s charging $119 NZ for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions. The former translates to $65 USD while the latter is about $78 USD.

Bethesda and its retailer partners are charging $60 for Fallout 4 while the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition commands a $120 price tag. The Pip Boy Edition is far more expensive through retailers.

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As we approach the PS4 Fallout 4 release date in November, we're starting to see new Fallout 4 deals emerge for those looking to buy ahead of time. While some of these deals are small, others knock quite a bit off the price tag. 

Best Buy is now offering $10 in rewards to My Best Buy members. This is in addition to the price cut that will be offering to those who are part of its Gamers Club Unlocked program. The $10 in rewards doesn't shave money off the PS4 Fallout 4 price tag ($60) but it could help you put some money towards a strategy guide or perhaps, another game. 

We've also spotted a deal for those in the United Kingdom looking to buy on the PS4. The Game Collection is offering a nice deal on Fallout 4. It's a timed deal but it knocks a bit off the pre-order price of the game. It's worth investigating if you're interested.

The important thing to note is that we continue to see retailers offer incentives to those thinking about buying the game. This isn't the last we've seen of PS4 Fallout 4 deals either. We expect to see more between now and November as retailers jockey for position.

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Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.4.1 & iOS 9 Release Timeline: 5 Things to Know

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:03

iOS 8.4.1 & iOS 9 Release Timeline: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve started to see Apple peel back some of the shroud covering its iOS update pipeline. And today, with a new iOS 8.4.1 update on the way, we want to breakdown an iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 9 release timeline that will help set your expectations as we move forward.

In April, Apple confirmed an iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update would come to replace the company’s iOS 8.3 update with a number of new features including a revamped Music application complete with a new streaming music service.

In the weeks that followed, Apple declined to offer specifics about the iOS 8.4 update and its release date. It wasn’t until after WWDC 2015 that we learned about the iOS 8.4 release date.

On June 30th, Apple released iOS 8.4 and its new Music application. Many believed that iOS 8.4 would serve as the final piece of the bridge to Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 update. We now know that that will not be the case.

Last week, Apple confirmed the arrival of another iOS 8.4 update dubbed iOS 8.4.1. The update isn’t available to the public just yet but it will be released sometime in the near future. Exactly when is unknown and we don’t expect Apple to release specific details about its iOS release pipeline.

So, we’re going to do our best to outline what you need to know about the iOS 8.4.1 release and its proximity to the upcoming iOS 9 release. This timeline will help you mentally prepare for both updates, one of which (iOS 9) will be much bigger than the other (iOS 8.4.1).

iOS 8.4.1 Beta

Let’s start with what’s available to you right now. Last week, Apple released an iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 though the iOS 8.4.1 beta is currently limited in scope.

Instead of a widespread beta for both developers and those in the public Beta Software Program, the iOS 8.4.1 beta is limited to developers. What this means is that you need a paid developer account with Apple to access the iOS 8.4.1 update ahead of its release.

The iOS 8.4.1 beta, at least the first one, is probably not going to be worth the extra cost or the hassle. It’s small and according to those testing it, it’s not coming with much on board.

At this point, we’re not sure how the iOS 8.4.1 beta process will play out. Smaller updates typically don’t endure a lengthy stay in the beta program. iOS 8.1.1, for instance, was released after just one beta.

What we do know is that Apple typically puts some space between its beta updates. So if there is going to be an iOS 8.4.1 beta 2, it probably won’t arrive until next week.

iOS 9 Beta

The iOS 8.4.1 beta isn’t the only iOS beta update available. Apple’s also running an iOS 9 beta that’s available to developers and the general public and today the company released another updated version of its new operating system.

The iOS 9 beta 4 update is now available to developers. It’s not available to those in the public beta testing program and it’s not clear if this version of the beta will be released to the public. However, the iOS 9 beta 4 does have a lot more appeal than the iOS 8.4.1 beta.

According to MacRumors, iOS 9 beta 4 has tacked on several new features including the return of Home Sharing for Music for iOS. If you’re not familiar, iOS 8.4 removed the feature from iOS. The iOS 8.4.1 beta did not have the feature on board so you might have to wait until the iOS 9 release for that feature to come back. Or, you could just join the public iOS 9 beta.

The iOS 9 beta will be available all the way up until the iOS 9 release date. This gives you plenty of time to look into the public beta. Look for Apple to release several more betas as we move deeper into the summer. There are still a number of problems that need to be resolved.

iOS 8.4.1 Release Date

The iOS 8.4.1 release date will come before the end of the iOS 9 beta and the iOS 9 release date.

Apple hasn’t announced an iOS 8.4.1 release date and it probably never will. What this means is that you’ll likely be waiting in the dark in the days and perhaps weeks to come. We do know a few things though.

We know that you can expect this update before the iOS 9 release. And with an iOS 9 release confirmed for the fall, we’d expect iOS 8.4.1 to arrive sometime before September 23rd (start of the fall). And given its size, we’d expect it to arrive much sooner than that.

iOS 8.4.1 will likely be released sometime between Monday-Friday and probably around 9-10AM PST. The update’s release time isn’t confirmed but you can bet on Apple following protocol.

The iOS 8.4.1 update figures to be the last iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That is unless it brings some problems that need an immediate fix.

iOS 9 Release Date

iOS 8.4.1 will be out before iOS 9 though we don’t know how big of a space Apple will leave between the two updates.

The iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall. Apple reiterated its plans in an announcement about its third quarter results so the update is still on track.

With an iPhone 6s release rumored for September, there’s a good chance that the iOS 9 update will replace iOS 8.4.1 on or around September 23rd. Apple likes to use the third week of the month as its release window so we wouldn’t bet against a September 16th iOS 9 release.

If your device is capable of running iOS 8.4.1, it’s capable of running iOS 9. iOS 9 will be coming to all iOS 8 powered devices and it will be coming to all of those devices on the same day. This isn’t Android and there are no staggered iOS roll outs. Everyone gets the software at the same time.

iOS Jailbreak Status

There is an iOS 8.4 jailbreak available but it’s not clear if Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 update will break it. As we’ve pointed out, there’s a good chance that it will which means that if you haven’t already updated to iOS 8.4, you’ll want to think about doing so in the near future.

If that happens, we probably won’t see another jailbreak until the release of iOS 9 in the fall. Developers have said that they’re working on an iOS 9 jailbreak but it’s not clear if it’ll work right when the iOS 9 update comes out. Apple’s security enhancements might complicate a release.

For those that want the cliff notes, here’s the breakdown:

July

  • iOS 8.4.1 Beta 1 now available
  • iOS 9 beta 4 available for developers
  • iOS 8.4.1 release date possible
  • More betas possible

August

  • iOS 8.4.1 release date possible
  • More betas possible

September

  • iOS 8.4.1 release date possible
  • End of iOS 9 beta likely
  • iOS 9 release date likely

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When Apple announced the iOS 8.4.1 update it did not confirm a specific release date. And because this is an incremental update, it probably means that we probably won't see an iOS 8.4.1 release date announced ahead of the update's release. 

If you're a wily iOS vet, you already knew that. If you are new to iOS updates, this is an important detail that you're just going to have to get used to. And this is precisely why it's a good idea to start thinking about preparng for the iOS 8.4.1 release.

We're not sure when the update will be released so you're not going to want to go crazy but you might want to think about doing a little prep work so that you're ready when the update arrives. 

Take the time between now and the update's release to do a little cleanup and get rid of unnecessary files you no longer use. Get familiar with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music if you haven't already because the changes from iOS 8.4 will be present on iOS 8.4.1. Look into jailbreaking. Research how to make a backup. Things of that nature.

It's too early to start prep work for iOS 9 but it's never too early to start prep work for an update that could come at any time. 

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iOS 8.4.1 & iOS 9 Release Timeline: 5 Things to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 10 Things to Know Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 22:35

iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 10 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re thinking about buying the iPhone 6 Plus or if you’re looking to downsize from the iPhone 6 Plus to a smaller iPhone model, you’re in the right place. Apple hasn’t confirmed an iPhone 6s yet but thanks to a series of leaks, we now have reason to believe that it will be arriving this fall alongside iOS 9.

Last year, Apple released two brand new iPhones in the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the much larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The two devices have been selling extremely well since their release in September though there’s reason to believe that their reign as Apple’s flagships will be ending soon.

We’ve seen iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumors fly around for several weeks now and as we’ve pushed deeper into the summer, many of those rumors have begun to firm up. Apple’s new 2015 iPhones remain shrouded in mystery but there’s enough to warrant some early comparisons to help set your expectations as we approach the fall.

Lots of people are interested in the iPhone 6s now that we’re approaching the company’s typical iPhone launch window. We’ve been getting tons of questions from prospective and current iPhone owners including some people who currently own the iPhone 6 Plus.

Believe it or not, some iPhone 6 Plus owners are thinking about downsizing to the iPhone 6s if Apple does release one later this year. It’s not all about current iPhone 6 Plus owners though. Some people are trying to decide if they should buy the iPhone 6 Plus now or wait for the iPhone 6s to arrive before buying a new phone.

We can’t decide for you but we can offer you some important details to perhaps push you to one side of the fence or the other. If you’re comparing the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 6s, here’s what we think you need to know as we push into July.

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Maybe the most important thing that you need to know if you're looking to upgrade is that the iPhone 6s launch date is still missing in action. We don't have a specific date for Apple's iPhone 6s launch and we may not have one for a few weeks. 

What we do know is that Apple tends to stick to a very specific protocol when it comes to its new iPhone announcements. The last three iPhones have arrived in September so with the iOS 9 release confirmed for the fall (starts September 23rd), there's a very good chance that we'll see Apple stick to September for the iPhone 6s launch. 

What this means is that you'll likely have to endure several more rounds of iPhone 6s rumors. We typically see many of the iPhone's features confirmed ahead of Apple's announcement and there are still a lot of iPhone 6s gaps to fill in ahead of the fall. 

Keep an eye out. Launch date rumors are often able to pinpoint the iPhone's exact launch date before Apple's able to send out media invites. So if it's coming in September, we'll probably know that before the end of August. 

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iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 10 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Nexus 6 Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 22:17

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Nexus 6 Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s impressive Nexus 6 has been available for less than a year, and it’s still arguably one of the better smartphones available today, and the best Nexus smartphone ever made. That said, the Nexus 6 is a phone users probably shouldn’t buy right now, and below we’ll explain why.

Back on October 15th of last year Google announced the Android 5.0 Lollipop update along with a Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus 6. It went up for pre-order later that month, and slowly arrived for all carriers in the United States, the first for any Nexus smartphone in years. It’s still a great phone, but it’s about to be replaced by a few excellent alternatives.

Read: Nexus 5 2015 Concept Video & Rumors Emerge

The Nexus 6 was released in November and is available from all carriers in the United States. The big screen and front speakers are two great reasons to buy it, but there are also multiple reasons you shouldn’t buy one right now. One being the Galaxy Note 5 is coming soon, and the second (and third) being some new Nexus phones are on the horizon.

Fan-made Nexus 5 (2015) Concept Render

Google’s Nexus 6 was a huge departure from previous Nexus phones. The company ditched the small 5-inch form factor and budget materials in favor of a premium smartphone inside and out. Offering a huge 5.9-inch Quad-HD display, the latest quad-core processor with plenty of RAM, a great camera and a huge battery. Along with it came a huge $649 price tag, one that was nearly double that of the $399 Nexus 5.

It is the best Nexus smartphone to date, but it’s too expensive for many, not to mention a huge “phablet” that isn’t for everyone either. Many buyers want a more pocketable and affordable device, and that’s exactly what’s reportedly coming soon.

Of course there will always be another new phone coming soon, something else on the horizon we could use as a reason not to buy a phone, but right now is crucial for potential Nexus 6 buyers. That’s because a similar 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5 is coming soon, possibly as soon as next month, not to mention two Nexus smartphones in 2015. At least that’s what we’re hearing.

Read: 5 Reasons to Wait for a 2015 Nexus Smartphone

Over the last 2-3 months we’ve received countless leaks, rumors and reports about a few new devices that will be worthy of choosing over the Nexus 6, if you’re willing to wait. Most importantly, rumors suggest Google will deliver two Nexus phones in 2015. A newly improved Nexus 5 and a Nexus 6.

Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note lineup continues to set the stage and bar for large smartphones. The Galaxy Note 4 is a great phone that’s nearing its one-year anniversary, and in an effort to take on current devices and beat the iPhone 6s Plus to market, we’re hearing a completely redesigned Galaxy Note 5 will be announced next month, and possibly released near the end of August or early September.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 will reportedly deliver the same look and feel of the Galaxy S6. Meaning a premium all glass and aluminum device with a huge 5.7-inch Quad-Hd display, a powerful 8-core processor with 4GB of RAM, an improved stylus, a 16 or better megapixel camera like the Galaxy S6 and more.

For months we’ve been hearing the Note 5 will be the best Note to date. However, if it follows the Galaxy S6 footsteps it won’t have a micro-SD slot or a removable battery. Two things that all users previously have enjoyed. At the same time, the Nexus 6 has neither of these, so waiting will get you a much better device, for likely a similar price.

We’ll know everything about the Galaxy Note 5 soon enough, and it will certainly be a device similar or better than the Nexus 6, something worth waiting for.

2015 Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

Here’s where things get interesting, and why we absolutely think no one should buy the Nexus 6 right now, or at least for another month or two. Rumor has it Google is going to deliver two Nexus smartphones in 2015. One being another Nexus 5 made by LG, and then deliver a 5.7-inch device slightly smaller than the massive Nexus 6, and be made by Huawei.

Read: 2015 Nexus 6 Release: What We Know So Far

We don’t actually know anything yet like the link above states, but based on a slew of rumors from multiple different sources, it looks like two Nexus phones are coming sooner rather than later. Reports suggest both a Nexus 5 and a new Nexus 6 will arrive earlier than the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 from prior years. Rather than release these phones in October and November, we’re hearing August and September. Or possible a release date in early October. That’s only two months away, give or take a few weeks.

According to multiple leaks LG is working on a brand new 5.2-inch Nexus 5 (2015) that will be unlike any LG or Nexus phone to date. An all-new prototype from LG’s development labs. Earlier reports suggest that device will have a 5.2-inch screen, be powered by a 6-core processor with 3GB of RAM, a new 13 or 16 megapixel camera, and run the brand new Android M release.

AndroidPit states this is a prototype device, not a phone similar to the LG G4, and is completely built to be the next Nexus smartphone. We’ve seen mentions of a 3D camera, a fingerprint scanner (integrated into Android M) and a new USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers. Add all of this to a smaller 5.2-inch device made by LG, and the 2015 Nexus 5 could be a great phone to buy instead of the aging Nexus 6.

Then, the Huawei Nexus 6 could potentially be an even better choice. Rumor has it this device will be made of premium materials, like metal or aluminum, and sport a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display. It will be smaller than the Nexus 6, but pack a powerful Snapdragon 810 or 820 8-core processor, 4GB of RAM, an improved camera, and a huge 3,500 mAh battery. That means it will be slightly smaller than the Nexus 6, more efficient yet more powerful and have a bigger battery and better build materials. Sounds great, right?

Yes, this will be the first Nexus smartphone made by a Chinese manufacturer if rumors are accurate, but we’ll have to wait and see. This device could be exclusive to China in an effort to get Google services into the country, or it could launch worldwide for a wallet-friendly price like we’ve seen from all Nexus smartphones aside from the Nexus 6.

A lot of details and information is still up in the air, and only rumors for now. That said, we’ve heard time and time again that two Nexus phones are coming, and even if only one end up hitting the market, it will surely be a better device than the current Nexus 6. Whatever Google has planned for 2015, it will be worth waiting for.

Last but not least, July 28th Motorola will be announcing an all-new Moto X for 2015. It won’t have a big screen like the Nexus 6, which was made by Motorola, but we have been hearing rumors of a 5.5-inch Moto X Sport or Moto XL that will run stock Android and could give the Nexus 6 a run for its money. All things aside though, I’m mostly interested in the new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 for 2015, and hopefully Google delivers both in a timely fashion.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Nexus 6 Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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